In recent decades the Mindfulness has had a significant boom in society. It is related to the word ‘sati’ in Pali of the vernacular language that dates from the time of the teachings of the Buddha, towards the years 2500 B.C. It has been used as a meditation technique, in different religions and another branch is aimed at improving physical and mental health, from the point of view of psychology.
In the last 30 years, the mindfulness technique has been integrated into Western medicine and psychology, applied scientifically and enjoys recognition for reducing stress, physical and psychological problems, improving self-awareness and general well-being. Mindfulness was introduced into Western medicine by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, aimed at treating problems related to stress, pain, psychological and physical.
There are several definitions for the word ‘Mindfulness,’ which coincide in their meaning of full mind or full consciousness. ‘Sati’ or ‘mindfulness’ is the ability of beings to be conscious and focused on the present moment, on what is happening now at this moment, and to perceive reality as it is without judging.
Its popularity has grown so much in recent years that great importance is being given to this topic, creating libraries of scientific literature taking into account studies and results to explore the potential of ‘mindfulness’. In 2014, a group of scientists and researchers, Johns Hopkins Hospital, famous for its research in the field of health from the psychological and neurological point of view, conducted a study of 3500 people.
These people were affected by anxiety, stress, pain, among others, and with the mindfulness technique, a considerable improvement was achieved, without the need to prescribe any drug.
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What is Mindfulness?
It is a philosophy of life that keeps your mind in the present tense, the here and now. It allows us to observe and recognize the experience that we are acquiring as we advance in life, through the conscious control of attention, it focuses on the management for the release of situations lodged in your mind that block you and make you lose control.
The mindfulness from the scientific point of view aims to improve the quality of life of people. It is a valuable tool endorsed by science. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines it as ‘paying intentional attention to the present moment, without judging’.
It keeps the person focused in the present moment by freeing the mind from harmful thoughts, effectively coordinating meditation practices with relaxation exercises. The mindfulness is based on scientific principles, oriented towards concrete objectives of daily life, whose objective is to achieve a deep state of consciousness.
The experience and comparison with different methods, has given results that have contributed to find the solution determined facts, with the guarantee of solutions based on scientific research. The mindfulness is pragmatic, does not depend on religious dogmas and its exercises can be applied in all activities of daily life.
Mindfulness is practiced mainly in 4 facets
- Self-control in children. These exercises are forming self-control in the child, the ability to create their own criteria, learn to perceive the environment and develop their degree of discernment.
- Resilience. It develops people’s capacity to face reality. These exercises change the way of perceiving people’s reality and their responses to the adversities they face in life.
- Dealing with illnesses. For sick people, it helps to improve their condition, through the mind. In some cases achieve healing, as they are emotional diseases, and self-inflicted, the product of low self-esteem. They develop the capacity to assimilate and accept the disease, looking for the best way to face it with the determination to eliminate it from the organism
- Improve people’s quality of life. People generally keep their minds busy, bringing thoughts of the past and the future, and only manage to recognize a small portion of what is happening to them now, wishing that what they consider good continues and what they consider unpleasant, disappears
Mindfulness allows the experience to flow into the present moment and recognize reality as such. Live and accept, staying with the experience without pretending to avoid it
The practice of mindfulness is the basic human capacity to connect with the present and to have experience. Many world religions use mindfulness in many ways to refine and deepen this capacity to high degrees.
All people must recognize and accept the reality of what happens to them, regardless of whether it is good or bad, that is what life is all about. You can’t select what I like or what I don’t like, because after all, it’s the experience of living.